Fast and Furious: A neglected issue in health promotion among young drivers.

Research paper by Oscar O Oviedo-Trespalacios, Bridie B Scott-Parker

Indexed on: 23 Nov '18Published on: 23 Nov '18Published in: Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals


This paper investigates the influence of mood while driving, advocates for identifying high-risk groups, and detects associations between mood while driving and risky driving behaviours. While commensurate studies regarding aggressive driving have confirmed significant detriments in driving performance, little scholarly research has studied the gaps and opportunities at the intersection of mood and risky driving in young drivers. A cross-sectional design was implemented using 660 young drivers (17-25 years) from Australia (34.7%) and Colombia (65.3%), who completed the Behaviour of Young Novice Drivers Scale (BYNDS). Cluster analysis differentiated young drivers across two groups: high risk and low risk driving whilst influenced by mood. Hierarchical segmentation analysis explored the relationship between driver mood and self-reported risky driving behaviour. Young drivers reported frequent driving whilst influenced by mood. The typical risky driving behaviours of young drivers who are emotion-affected are transient violations (e.g., speeding) and risky exposure (e.g., driving tired). Risky driving behaviours that have been found to increase the risk of road injury (speeding, fatigued driving) and to decrease the survivability of road crashes (speeding) are inextricably intertwined with the influence of driver mood upon driving behaviour at an international level. Driver mood is a neglected issue in health promotion programs for young drivers. SO WHAT?: Current health promotion interventions for young drivers safety such as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) may not prevent driving whilst influenced by mood. Additional strategies are required to minimise the exposure to driving whilst affected by negative mood. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.